Coaches

Meet the Coaches!

  • Jason P. Smith
    UFA Norcross Program Director
    USSF A License

    Playing History:

    Coach Smith is an Atlanta native who grew up playing soccer in the Atlanta area with clubs such as Concorde, Datagraphic, and TYSA Genesis as well as GA ODP. His high school stops included the soccer and football programs at Stone Mountain and Berkmar. Collegiately, Smith played at 3 different universities including Kennesaw State (the only year they sponsored a Men’s Soccer program – 1986), Truett-McConnell, and Lander earning All-Conference and All-Region honors. Smith played six years semi-professionally with various Atlanta-based franchises in the USISL including the Atlanta Magic, Atlanta Lightning, Atlanta Quicksilver, Team Xara, Georgia Steamers, and Atlanta Express. The Atlanta native also spent a short stint in the NPSL professional indoor league with the Tulsa Ambush.

    Coaching Experience:

    At this point, Coach Smith has accumulated over 30 years of coaching experience. Professionally, he led the Atlanta Silverbacks from 2005 to 2009 as the Head Coach and General Manager. Smith coached the club to numerous franchise records including a USL First Division League Runner-Up finish in 2007. Outside of league play, the Atlanta Silverbacks provided the opportunity to coach against several renown international clubs such as Independiente, Cruz Azul, Pachuca, Monterrey, and Olympia. He had a brief return to coach the Atlanta Silverbacks in the NASL for 12 matches in the 2014 campaign.

    Collegiately, Coach Smith began his career as the Head Coach at Piedmont College for both the Men’s and Women’s programs in 1993. He stayed for 12 seasons through the Fall of 2004 essentially developing Piedmont from its infancy to National prominence winning 11 Conference Championships and 3 Region Championships between the two programs. In 2019, Coach Smith was inducted into the Piedmont College Athletic Hall of Fame. After the Atlanta Silverbacks temporarily folded in 2009, Smith returned to college athletics from 2010 to 2012 with the Pfeiffer University Men’s Soccer program while serving as the Assistant Athletics Director as well. He has coached over 500 collegiate games carrying an overall coaching record of 297 wins, 219 loses, and 26 ties.

    Coach Smith remained involved with youth level throughout his coaching career beginning with local camp work back the 1980’s under Atlanta area greats such as Adrian Brooks and Mike Balson. Over the years, he has worked with serval local clubs including LSA, GFC, AFU, GSA, NTH and of course UFA. Administratively, Smith has served as the Director of Coaching, ECNL Director, and Executive Director while coaching within these organizations. Likewise, he has remained heavily involved with the Olympic Development Program. Coach Smith has been a head coach both Georgia and North Carolina ODP over the years and has been a member of the South Region staff for the past 8 years. Coach Smith is currently the assistant coach for both the 2002 and 2003 Boy’s ODP South Region team. Locally, his teams have won numerous championships including a Super Y National Championship in 2016. Recently, Smith’s GA 2008 Boy’s ODP team won the South Regional.

    Personal Information:

    Coach Smith has been married for 27 years to his wife Kimberly and have 3 sons together; Eamonn, Aidann, and Iann. All three boys played youth soccer in the Atlanta area. His oldest son, Eamonn, was also a 4-year collegiate athlete graduating from Clayton State University and the Laker’s Men’s Soccer program in 2016. His youngest son, Iann, played several years at UFA in Forsyth. Coach Smith holds two undergraduate degrees in Literature and History as well as a Masters’ degree in Public Administration.

  • Dan Dawson
    Director of Boys Select / Summer League
    USSF A Youth License

    06B ECNL / 10B Premier / 12B Premier

    Dan is from London, England and grew up playing in the Crystal Palace Academy before playing for Semi-Professional Cray Wanderers in their youth team, Dan became the youngest player to represent the first team at age 15 in a Preseason tournament. Dan moved to Atlanta to play collegiate Soccer for Truett McConnell College and then moving to Conway, Arkansas to play for Central Baptist College earning the defense MVP award his senior year. He then started coaching at Arkansas Utd in their academy program before returning to Atlanta and joining UFA in 2014. Dan was the Goalkeeper coach for Georgia State University Men's Soccer team in 2014 before he moved to coach the Atlanta Silverbacks Goalkeepers in the 2015 NASL season. Dan coaches for Coerver, currently has Academy, Development Academy and SCCL teams.

  • Sam Helliwell
    Director of Boys Academy
    USSF D License

    06G Premier SCCL / 13B Premier / Future Academy

    Coach Heliwell was born and raised in Yorkshire, England prior to moving to Atlanta in 2014. His playing career includes 4 years at the Semi-Professional level back home in England as well as high school and college competition. Coach Heliwell attended Leeds City College and graduated with a degree in Sport’s Coaching and Development. He has spent the last 5 years coaching within the UFA program currently serving as our Boy’s Academy Director as well as the Director of our Future Academy here at Norcross.

  • Tracy Wolf
    Director of Girls Academy
    USSF D License

    Coach Wolf is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she played youth soccer with Hammer FC. Her prowess on the soccer field was noticed by the staff at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was recruited to play four years of NCAA DI collegiately between 2012-2016. During that period, they were SOCON Champions during her freshman year in 2012 and was named captain during her Senior year of competition. Coach Wolf began her coaching journey in 2016 while completing her academic work. She primarily coached Academy for Greensboro United Soccer Association, which is now known as NC Fusion. Throughout her coaching career, Coach Wolf has expanded to lead all age groups, boys and girls, from academy to select at the club level as well as High School and Collegiate soccer as volunteer assistant coach. Coach Wolf currently holds a USSF D coaching license.

  • Barat Killian
    06B Premier SAPL / 08B Premier SAPL
    USSF A License

    Barat originally hails from Raleigh, NC where he played college soccer at UNC Pembroke and Appalachian State University. Since graduating in 2007, Barat and his wife, Ashley moved to Anchorage, AK to join Cook Inlet Soccer Club where he spent time as a Staff Coach, Recreational Coordinator and Developmental Academy Director. In 2010, Barat joined the coaching staff for Alaska Olympic Development Program as well as a USYS Region 4 staff before moving back east.

    Over the past 10 years, Coach Killian obtained his USSF “A” License, named to the 2nd Class of the NSCAA (now USF) 30 Under 30 Program, and named Alaska High School State Coach of the Year in 2018 winning 2 State Championships at Dimond High School Boys soccer. Coach Barat also serves as an Assistant Coach with the Oglethorpe University Men’s Soccer program. Coach Barat and his wife Ashley have with two boys, Tyler (7) and Jake (4).

     

  • Jeremy McNeill
    05B Gold / 08B Red / 11B Red / 11B Gold

    Coach McNeill originally hails from Norcross, GA where he was born & raised. He attended Norcross High School where he was a 4-year Varsity Starter, 2-year Captain, 3 year All-County and All-State player. He played club soccer for a Nationally Ranked team which produced many future college players, Olympians, US National team players and including three Georgia Hall of Fame Inductees. Coach McNeill went on to play NCAA DI college soccer at Georgia State University making an immediate impact as a freshman starter. He later transferred to Piedmont University under current director Jason Smith winning the NAIA GSAC Championship. After College, Jeremy had a brief stint playing in England before retiring due to injury.

    Currently McNeill has been working on developing the next generation of players while spreading his passion for our sport and focusing on improving players both on and off the field. He also coaches at Mountain View High School in the 8AAAAAAAA Region with their Varsity Women's program for the last 3 years where they made the State playoffs his first year working with the program. This was their first appearance in school history and the team has never looked back. Coach McNeill has been an ISSA & ASFA certified Personal Trainer as well as speed & agility coach for close to a decade. 

    He is married to his beautiful wife Georgia and they have one daughter, August, age 5.

  • Raphael Fernandes
    06B Red / 05B Premier SAPL
    USSF C License

    Bio coming soon!

  • Lucy Dewitt
    08B Premier / Future Academy
    USSF D License

    Coach Dewitt was born and raised locally in Gwinnett County. She played youth soccer at both GSA and AFU then moved on to play collegiately at Gordon State College. Coach Dewitt completed her undergraduate work at Georgia State University with a degree in Educational Psychology. She is currently working on her Graduate Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been coaching youth soccer for the past 5 years and currently holds a USSF D License. Coach Dewitt is extremely excited to start her next coaching endeavor at UFA Norcross!

  • Jose Trujillo
    09B Red / 13B Red
    USSF D License

    Coach Trujillo is native to Atlanta and has been playing soccer his entire life. Originally a goalkeeper, he played both club and high school soccer during his youth career. Coach Trujillo is a passionate coach that develops his players by teaching them valuable life skills in addition to the fundamentals of soccer. He aims to cultivate a strong mindset in every player. Coach Trujillo graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 with a undergraduate degree in Finance and a minor in French. He has a Shiba Inu named Beauchamp.

  • Mark Tonner
    09B Premier SAPL / 10B Red
    USSF B License

    Mark is a native of South Africa and has been living in Atlanta since 1994. He has been a very successful coach and coached teams at State, Regional and National levels. Mark is a dedicated coach who gives great attention to technical training. Mark played college soccer for Life University and graduated in 1999 with a BS in Nutrition.

    He is married to wife Partricia and they have a daughter Kalvine.

  • Steve Magennis
    07B Premier SAPL / 11B Premier
    USSF A License / NSCAA Premier Diploma

    Coach “Steo” is a native of Dublin, Ireland with over 15 years’ experience coaching youth soccer. He is currently the Men's Soccer Assistant Coach at Georgia Gwinnett College. Coach Steo has a strong passion for helping the youth become the best version they can be both "on" and "off" the field. His playing days include; Darton State community college (NJCAA), Lander University (NCAA, D2) & the New Orleans shell shockers (PDL). Magennis holds a USSF A license, NSCAA Premier diploma and is a licensed sales associate for Keller Williams (Realty).

  • Cameron St. Prix Mitchell
    04B Red / 05B Red / 07B Red
    FA Level 2

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Tara Parrington
    Recreational Director

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